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Mahdi The Magician's first deck of playing cards has just been funded on Kickstarter.

Please check it out here:

Below is some copy from the Kickstarter:

What are Hidden Leaves?

Hidden Leaves are painted pieces of cardboard with suits of dreams, lies, and love. These premium playing cards are drawn & designed by Mahdi The Magician for his unique style of magic, cardistry, & card manipulation.

Embracing The Rainbow,

Painted Strokes

Drawn from & Bringing color

to Life, Lies, & Love.

"For superior work the cards should be new, thin, flexible and of best quality. Cheap cards are clumsy and not highly finished. Cards that have been handled two or three hours become more or less sticky, and the slightest friction is a detriment to perfect manipulation." - The Expert At The Card Table

Hidden Leaves Playing Cards will be Made in the USA & will be printed to the highest quality possible by the United States Playing Card Company. No detail was considered too small or trivial when pursuing the high standards we aim to achieve.

The cards are made from the same Premium Bee Stock used in world class casinos for durability & flexibility. This premium stock has been Crushed Thin so that they can be used for superior and fine card manipulation by card experts worldwide. Finally they have been enveloped in a Smooth Finish so that they are long lasting and glide effortlessly in any environment.

A Modern Classic

"Rider Backs, Reimagined." - Dan & Dave Buck

We're going Old School on this one.

Every single card in every pack of Hidden Leaves playing cards has been drawn by Mahdi to evoke a nostalgic feel. Crafted with love, this deck is inspired by & a homage to the legendary card artist who in 1885 designed cards for Andrew Dougherty including Tally-Ho.

The ink on playing cards used to be pressed onto the uncut sheets one color at a time resulting in every single deck looking completely unique due to the discrepancies and bleeding of the ink. I recreated this vintage aesthetic by making everything purposely imperfect.

Printers used to use different plates for individual colors and to save money they would limit themselves to only two colors, red and black for the faces. I fell in love with this style, using your restrictions and limitations to create more powerful art.

The artwork on this project has taken me almost a whole year to complete. I had to figure out every single detail from the symmetrical pattern on the back inspired by William Morris to the Pantone colors used to print.

Uncover The Lost Secrets of Hofzinser

The great Hofzinser wrote that card conjuring is "the poetry of magic". In his legendary salon he would host an An Hour of Deception in which he would tie his miracles to the lives of enchanted audiences. Presentations like Everywhere & Nowhere, Sympathy, & The Power of Faith brought the inner world of cards to life.

No Indexes
No Indexes
Many of Hofzinser's finest deceptions were only possible because of the playing cards of the era. Hidden Leaves playing cards feature no indexes just like playing cards used to be made. This unique feature allows you to explore all sorts of forgotten card transformations, hypnotize your audiences with hallucinations of duplicates, renders well-known prearranged stacks completely invisible (even to magicians).

These are only a sliver of the secrets you will find in Hidden Leaves.

Stronger Magic

I have also found through performing with Hidden Leaves that the audience is able to concentrate more on the plot of the card effect you are performing. I believe the reason for this is that there is less information for the spectators to process (they are not seeing a bunch of numbers & letters all the time) which allows them to focus on their cards and the magic that you are presenting.

Play The Hand Life Dealt You!

"My inspiration." - David Blaine

All magic is about transformation and the story of the magician's performance is telling you that you are the magician in your own life. You are the agent of transformation, your own transformation and the change in the lives of those around you. Born without hands or feet, Mahdi overcame extraordinary odds and learned to face his challenges head-on.

"I believe that everyone can overcome life’s challenges and achieve their dreams; that everyone's life has value, that every single person on this Earth is worthy of being treated with respect, dignity and love. I believe that life is stronger than pain and love is stronger than death." - Mahdi

This is not a deck of playing cards. This is a symbol of overcoming the world. The motif of this deck is Play The Hand Life Dealt You! With my logo which is me holding a royal flush.

When I first saw magicians growing up they made me feel like I could do anything. I believe imagination and imagery is very powerful and I want people to feel like heroes when they see my magic and I want them to feel like they can do anything when they hold my cards.

In life, truly it doesn’t matter what hand you get dealt, the only thing that matter is how you play it. And I want people to transform whatever they are holding into winning hands.

Hidden Leaves is my first deck of playing cards. This massive project has consumed almost a whole year of my life.

I have put the best of my ability, my heart, and my soul into creating this deck. I need your help to get these cards out into the world. Please consider backing this deck as I would love for you to be able to enjoy these cards. Sharing them so far with my friends and family has been a great pleasure and it would be an honor to have my deck, Hidden Leaves go from my hands to yours.
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